Any child in the age bracket (1-8) who has stopped breathing can pass as a candidate to receive this emergency lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) treatment. There is no need for any panic attack if your child suffers unexpected breath loss, the first thing you should do is gently tap the child on the shoulders. Take a minute to look at your child, feel and listen for any signs of breathing and how deep the intensity is. If he has low breathing or none at all, quickly tell someone to call 9-1-1 and while they make the call begin administering CPR to the child. If you are alone and caught up with the emergency first administer CPR to the child for two minutes, then you can resolve to call 9-1-1. Keenly follow the steps below on how to give CPR to a child with the proper order of merit.
Clear his airway
This is an essential step on how to give Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation to a child, do it gently, first by putting the child on his back and his chin up tilting his head backward. This ensures that you clear all his air way to allow a ventilation compression ratio of 30:2, for a second-time look, feel and listen if there is any sign of breathing.
If no breathing occurs, start administering the CPR, in the same position, apply compression. Apply compression pressure on the sternum to be precise one-third the chest’s depth at the rate of at least 100 beats per minute. To a child two years and over apply compression by using the heel of one or two hands, if the child is below one year use two or three fingers placed at the chest’s center. If the child is still not breathing, breathe for him, pinch his nose and ensure you cover the mouth with yours, blow until the chest rises.Put in two breaths each lasting one second. At this point check the child’s pulse rate and circulation. If no breathing is evident continue with the CPR, maintaining it at 30 pumps and two breaths per second until help arrives.
Benefits of CPR
1. CPR’s main advantage is to save lives; its practice during heart failure emergencies has shown to raise a victim’s survival change to 10%.
2. To restore blood circulation to and from the heart.When the heart stops functioning the flow of blood is also halted, through resuscitation the heart can once again resume its duties.
3. Mouth to mouth rescue ensures that blood is delivered to the person directly and he can begin having oxygenated blood in his system.
4. You also administer CPR to help keep organs alive during organ donation from a donor to the victim.